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20,000 people apply for jobs in An Garda Síochana

Have pity on the person who has to go through all of those applications.

Image: Julien Behal/PA Wire

THE FIRST GARDA recruitment drive since 2009 was always going to be popular – and so it has proved.

Approximately 20,000 people have applied for positions in An Garda Síochána since the recruitment campaign began on 12 December, 26 days ago. There are believed to be between 250 and 300 positions available.

Hiring had been suspended for four years as part of the public sector hiring freeze. Minister for Justice Alan Shatter received sanction from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform for money to recruit new gardaí, saying it was crucial to have new recuits.

Minister Shatter said he was “greatly encouraged” by the response to the recruitment campaign.

He said the closing date for applications is midnight on 9 January. “I would strongly encourage all those interested in joining the Garda force to submit their application by that date if they haven’t already done so,” he said.

Read: First Garda recruitment drive since 2009 begins today >

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